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Youth soccer: One last hurrah for Davis Legends

Davis Warning player Fiona Strachan-Payne, right, races ahead of Walnut Creek for a goal in the locals' 6-0 win in a recent AYSO select semifinal game. Davis went on to win the title. Jasmine Brayton/Courtesy photo

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From page B2 | March 14, 2013 |

The Davis Legacy Legends, a U17 girls soccer team, closed out its 2012-13 season in style with a 1-0 win over the Clovis Crossfire on Sunday in Concord, capping an appearance in the Diablo Cup.

Playing after a three-month layoff, the Legends shook off the rust in two early losses before summoning some of their best soccer of the season against Clovis. Davis defenders Claire Buhlman, Angelica Arellano and Cailin Field helped stall the powerful Crossfire attack, and midfielders Angie Peckham, Asia Calvo and Leaona Hadrava connected crisp passes on both ends of the field.

Local outside back Natalie Silver provided a physical presence and teamed with Chloe Dickens, Natasha Panattoni and Kelsey Thweatt in pressuring the Crossfire defense.

Finally, with 15 minutes remaining, the Legends broke through, as midfielder Sidra Bugsch split the Crossfire defense and pushed a ball through to Ally Doolittle, whose quick cross was slotted home by striker Jade Bugsch.

Late in the game, Davis keeper Shelby Abbott made a point-blank save to complete an impressive afternoon.

Warning

The Davis Warning, a U12 girls team, won the AYSO Select Area Tournament in convincing fashion last weekend.

In a 6-0 semifinal win over the Walnut Creek Avalanche, the locals got on the board after just 26 seconds and didn’t let up, setting up a matchup with another Walnut Creek team for the championship.

The title contest was a close affair before the Warning scored three goals in less than three minutes to secure the 5-1 victory. The champions are Averi Brayton, Gia Fanucchi, Fiona Strachan-Payne, Delaney Seward, Abigail Johnson, Meghan Eisenman, Leah Pinto, Alondra Arambula, Angela Herrera, Lindsey Vernau and Sasha Ballowe.

Davis FC

Davis FC, a U16 boys team, defeated Pleasant Hill 1-0 in the championship contest to win the Select Tournament.

FC player Nathan Leyva scored the only goal off of a deflected shot.

On the other end of the field, Davis goalies Landon Smith and Kevin Riley worked with defenders Randy Ouyang, Ricky Houck, Josh Kong, Sam Burns and Jake Sedgley to hold Pleasant Hill scoreless. Meanwhile, locals Jonathan Miras, J.J. Granda, Matt Grabert, Ivan Medina, Brennan Raven, Barret George and Elan Sonstein controlled the ball and initiated attacks.

Los Azules

The Davis Los Azules posted a pair of victories on Sunday in Concord, blanking the Tri-Valley SC Galaxy (3-0) before topping Academicos 96 (5-3).

Ruben Mendoza scored the first goal early in the first half of the shutout, with Barrett George providing the assist on a cross. Davis’ Will Stukas tallied later, with Otto Nichols getting the assist, and Caleb McYates added offensive pressure.

Good defense from locals Bryant Murray, Ryan Quinn, Murtaza Masroor, Ryan Tinsley and goalie Kevin Riley (two saves) ensured the shutout, while the play of Juan Pablo Almanza, Anirudh Ramakrishnan and Winston Tran also was key.

In the next Los Azules victory, Stukas scored twice and single goals came from Tinsley, Nichols and McYates, who was assisted by guest player Dana Hense.

Royal Arsenal

The Davis Legacy Royal Arsenal, a U15 boys team, won the recent Northern California Spring Showcase Tournament in Redwood City.

The Royal Arsenal opened by tying the Idaho Rush Nike, 2-2, on Saturday behind goals from Pablo Guarnizo and Francis Avoce. Later that day, Avoce had the lone tally as Davis defeated the S.F. Vikings Soccer Club.

On Sunday, the locals used scores from Sebastian Gonzales and Avoce to top the Alliance FC Zorros Mexico, 2-0. That was followed by a 3-1 championship-game win over the Central California Soccer Alliance. Daniel Perez, Elgin Lovell and Avoce had the Royal Arsenal goals in the title match.

In its run through the tournament, Davis got strong defense from Matthew Rowen, Chris Marelich and Kyle Fix, while midfielders Ethan Hessl, Alden McLean, Kyle Gold, Thomas Lloyd and forward Matteo Sorrentino controlled each game with sharp passing.

Lightning

The Davis Lightning, a U10 boys team, captured the 2C/2D Area AYSO Select Championship last weekend by winning two games in Pleasant Hill.

In the semifinals, the Lightning overcame an early deficit to score six unanswered goals in a commanding 6-2 win over Concord United. Davis followed that up with a 3-0 win over the Mount Diablo Strikers in the championship contest.

On the day, the locals were paced by Conner Clark, who logged five goals and an assist, with Jaiden Temple (two goals, one assist) and Cavan Schraner (two goals) rounding out the scoring.

The stout Lightning defense was shored up by Ethan Schroeder, Jacob Perez and Carson Whitehead, and goalies Neil Smith — who even posted an assist on a well-placed goal kick — and Nick Kennedy were stingy.

Hurricanes

The Davis Hurricanes, a U10 boys team, made it to the consolation game of the 2D/2C select tournament in Pleasant Hill on Saturday.

In their first game, the locals were knotted at 1-1 with the MDSA Strikers, before falling in a shootout. Keane Deas and Colin Walsh pressured the MDSA defense, before Jason Inouye scored the Davis goal when he rebounded a Sam Koenig shot.

Stifling defense by Lucas Crawford, Lyle Hahn, Miles Beaulieu and Cole Robben kept the game tied but the Hurricanes came up just short in penalty kicks. Davis then dropped its consolation game, 5-0, to the Concord United.

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